Valentini Riccardo

Via A. Pacinotti 5, I-01100 Viterbo, Italy

+ 39 0761 357394; +39 0761 1710299


Riccardo Valentini is full professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Tuscia, Italy.
His expertise concern the role of land use changes and forestry in the carbon cycle, biodiversity and bioenergy. He is also involved through IPCC and governmental bodies on policies about the global carbon cycle and the role of land use changes and forestry
He is coordinator of several EU projects aiming to understand and quantify the terrestrial carbon budget and greenhouse gases emissions. He is coordinator of the EU-Proiect CARBOAFRICA.
He is Doctor Honoris Causa Faculté Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, Belgium. He is a Nobel Price for Peace as member of the IPCC board.
He is Director of the Impacts Division of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and Member of the Biogeoscience Committe of the European Research Council
2009: Chairman of the Global Terrestrial Observation System Programme, sponsored by FAO/UNESCO/UNEP/ICSU/WMO.
2010: Coordinator of the EU project CLIMAFRICA.
2010: Award of the Advanced Senior Grant of the European Research Coucil.
2010: Member of Aurelio Peccei Foundation – Club di Roma 2011 – Coordinator of the EU project GEOCARBON.

Recent publications

  • Ciais, P., M. J. Schelhaas, S. Zaehle, S. L. Piao, A. Cescatti, J. Liski, S. Luyssaert, G. Le-Maire, E. D. Schulze, O. Bouriaud, A. Freibauer, R. Valentini and G. J. Nabuurs (2008). “Carbon accumulation in European forests.” Nature Geosci 1(7): 425-429.
  • Dolman, A. J., A. Freibauer and R. Valentini (2008). The continental scale greenhouse gas balance of Europe. New York, Springer.
  • Magnani, F., M. Mencuccini, M. Borghetti, P. Berbigier, F. Berninger, S. Delzon, A. Grelle, P. Hari, P. G. Jarvis, P. Kolari, A. S. Kowalski, H. Lankreijer, B. E. Law, A. Lindroth, D. Loustau, G. Manca, J. B. Moncrieff, M. Rayment, V. Tedeschi, R. Valentini and J. Grace (2007). “The human footprint in the carbon cycle of temperate and boreal forests.” Nature 447(7146): 849-851.
  • Reichstein, M., D. Papale, R. Valentini, M. Aubinet, C. Bernhofer, A. Knohl, T. Laurila, A. Lindroth, E. J. Moors, K. Pilegaard and G. Seufert (2007). “Determinants of terrestrial ecosystem carbon balance inferred from European eddy covariance flux sites.” Geophysical Research Letters 34(L0142).
  • Ciais, P., M. Reichstein, N. Viovy, A. Granier, J. Ogee, V. Allard, M. Aubinet, N. Buchmann, C. Bernhofer, A. Carrara, F. Chevallier, N. D. Noblet, A. Friend, P. Friedlingstein, T. Grunwald, B. Heinesch, P. Keronen, A. Knohl, G. Krinner, D. Loustau, G. Manca, G. Matteucci, F. Miglietta, J. M. Ourcival, D. Papale, K. Pilegaard, S. Rambal, G. Seufert, J. F. Soussana, M. J. Sanz, E. D. Schulze, T. Vesala and R. Valentini (2005). “Europe-wide reduction in primary productivity caused by the heat and drought in 2003.” Nature 437: 529-533.
  • Janssens, I.A., Freibauer, A., Schlamadinger, B., Ceulemans, R., Ciais, P., Dolman, A.J., Heimann, M., Nabuurs, G.-J., Smith, P., Valentini, R. and Schulze, E.-D., 2005. The carbon budget of terrestrial ecosystems at country-scale an European case study. Biogeosciences, 2: 15-22.
  • Schulze, E.-D., D. Mollicone, F. Achard, G. Matteucci, S. Federici, H. G. Eva and R. Valentini (2003). “Making deforestation pay under the Kyoto Protocol?” Science 299: 1669.
  • Janssens, I. A., A. Freibauer, P. Ciais, P. Smith, G.-J. Nabuurs, G. Folberth, B. Schlamadinger, R. W. A. Hutjes, R. Ceulemans, E.-D. Schulze, R. Valentini and A. J. Dolman (2003). “Europe’s Terrestrial Biosphere Absorbs 7 to 12% of European Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions.” Science (300): 1538-1542.
  • Dolman, A. J., E.-D. Schulze and R. Valentini (2003). “Analyzing carbon flux measurements.” Science 301: 916-917.
  • Valentini, R., G. Matteucci, A. J. Dolman, E.-D. Schulze, C. Rebmann, E. J. Moors, A. Granier, P. Gross, N. O. Jensen, K. Pilegaard, A. Lindroth, A. Grelle, C. Bernhofer, T. Grünwald, M. Aubinet, R. Ceulemans, A. S. Kowalski, T. Vesala, Ü. Rannik, P. Berbigier, D. Loustau, J. Gu.mundsson, H. Thorgeirsson, A. Ibrom, K. Morgenstern, R. Clement, J. Moncrieff, L. Montagnani, S. Minerbi and P. G. Jarvis (2000). “Respiration as the main determinant of European forests carbon balance.” Nature 404: 861-865.


  • Transforming food systems under climate change: Local to global policy as a catalyst for change
  • Soil organic carbon pool's contribution to climate change mitigation on marginal land of a Mediterranean montane area in Italy
  • The Greenhouse Gas Balance of Italy: A Synthesis
  • The Role of Respiration in Estimation of Net Carbon Cycle: Coupling Soil Carbon Dynamics and Canopy Turnover in a Novel Version of 3D-CMCC Forest Ecosystem Model
  • Exploring the relationship between canopy height and terrestrial plant diversity
  • Coexistence trend contingent to Mediterranean oaks with different leaf habits
  • Climate Change Threatens Coexistence within Communities of Mediterranean Forested Wetlands
  • Does degradation from selective logging and illegal activities differently impact forest resources? A case study in Ghana
  • Hot Spot maps of forest presence in the Mediterranean Basin
  • The contribution to climate change of the organic versus conventional wheat farming: A case study on the carbon footprint of wholemeal bread production in Italy

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